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Increased effort to resolve cladding issues for leaseholders

17 January 2022

Recent weeks have seen increased activities and efforts to address the issues of unsafe cladding on blocks of apartments.

This follows estimates that up to 3m people in the UK have been affected, following the issues revealed after the Grenfell Tower disaster in 2017.

Flammable cladding has become one of the main issues to be revealed, combined with fire safety defects, and affects hundreds of blocks of flats around the UK.

Many owners of flats have been told to bear the cost of removing faulty cladding under the leasehold systems that covers England and Wales.

In addition to considerable rises in maintenance charges, some have also been forced to pay for fire wardens to monitor residential facilities.

Housing Secretary Michael Gove has recently stated that developers and construction companies should be responsible for the removal of unsafe cladding, however.

These businesses have been given up to March to agree how they will help leaseholders, many of whom have been described as being "trapped in unsellable homes", due to the issue.

Addressing himself to companies that had mis-sold unsafe cladding, Mr Gove said: "We are coming for you."

He also confirmed that government support would now be made available for residents in blocks 11-18m high, designated as medium-rise buildings.

Although some companies had covered the costs of replacing faulty cladding, others had not, said Mr Gove.

Following his announcement, campaigners have contacted Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) to withdraw up to £5.7bn of funding from those failing to address fire safety issues.

The bank manages the Norwegian state investment fund and its shareholders are being urged to voice their support for the move to target companies in receipt of funds from the scheme that had failed to offer assistance in addressing the issues.

NBIM owns shares of both material suppliers and housebuilders, according to the BBC News report.

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